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Jon King

Jon King

Jon King has been a journalist for more than 35 years. He is the Past President of the Michigan Associated Press Media Editors Association and has been recognized for excellence numerous times, most recently in 2021 with the Best Investigative Story by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Cleary University. Jon and his family live in Howell, where he also serves on the Board of Directors for the Livingston Diversity Council.

Whitmer vetoes more GOP election restriction bills, saying they would ‘burden’ clerks

By: - April 2, 2022

The latest act in the ongoing Kabuki theater over election reform in Michigan played out Friday when Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, as expected, vetoed two more GOP measures dealing with voter registration. House Bills 4127 and 4128 would have required the Michigan Secretary of State to remove voters from the state’s Qualified Voter File (QVF) […]

An outdated legal theory could let Republicans subvert election results and redistricting processes

By: - March 30, 2022

An obscure and heretofore discredited legal theory is shaping up to potentially become the next tool in efforts to give Republican-led state legislatures like that in Michigan sole authority over election law. The Independent State Legislature Doctrine has been described by SCOTUSblog as positing “that the Constitution gives state legislatures nearly unfettered authority to write […]

Mich. top doc says eliminating COVID is a ‘pipe dream,’ people with disabilities remain at risk

By: - March 25, 2022

Although state health officials say Michigan is in a post-surge stage, future COVID-19 surges are likely to occur and residents with disabilities remain at risk. On Friday morning, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) held another in a series of online town hall discussions, this time with a focus on individuals with […]

Michigan sees effort to decertify 2020 election results, install Trump in White House in 2023

By: - March 22, 2022

The right-wing effort to discredit the 2020 election results in Michigan is moving beyond demanding a so-called “forensic audit” with activists using the same debunked conspiracy theories to call for decertifying the results and forcing a constitutional crisis.  Decertify Michigan is led by Robert Gelt, a former President Donald Trump supporter who initially sought to […]

More than three years after lapsing, Biden signs Violence Against Women Act reauthorization

By: - March 21, 2022

More than three years after it expired, a landmark piece of anti-domestic violence legislation was signed back into law last week, with U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) calling it “long overdue.”  A ceremony was held Wednesday at the White House event to mark the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Dingell, who wrote […]

Whitmer vetoes $2.5B GOP tax cut plan, saying it would mean ‘deep and painful cuts to services’

By: - March 20, 2022

A $2.5 billion tax relief plan put forward by the Republican-led Legislature drew out the veto pen Friday from Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who said it would “blow a recurring, multi-billion-dollar hole in basic state government functions from public safety to potholes.” In returning Senate Bill 768, Whitmer said she was doing so at […]

Resolution condemns RNC for ‘whitewashing and lying’ about Jan. 6 insurrection

By: - March 18, 2022

While the Republican National Committee (RNC)continues to try and block a subpoena from a U.S. House select committee investigating the attack on the U.S. Capitol, a resolution recently introduced in the Michigan House condemns the RNC for referring to the January 6, 2021, insurrection as “legitimate political discourse.” The non-binding HR 241, introduced March 1 […]

Livingston Co. schools work internally on racial issues, decline state civil rights assistance

By: - March 12, 2022

A recent incident in Fowlerville has drawn renewed attention to the issue of race relations in Livingston County schools. Michigan civil rights officials say some districts are seeking to engage on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion, but they are choosing to do so quietly to try and avoid the types of disruptions seen in […]

Senate passes postal reform bill, sending it to Biden’s desk

By: - March 11, 2022

Following overwhelming bipartisan support of legislation to overhaul the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) in the House last month, the U.S.Senate on Tuesday gave similar support to a companion measure put forth by U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.).  The 79-19 vote sends the measure to President Biden for his signature. The major overhaul of the […]

House Dems introduce resolution affirming landmark contraception ruling Griswold v. Connecticut

By: - March 11, 2022

Following the surprising response from the three GOP candidates for Michigan attorney general on a nearly 60-year-old landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision on contraception, Michigan House Democrats have introduced a resolution affirming that the case was decided correctly. On Tuesday, state Rep. Felicia Brabec (D-Pittsfield) introduced the resolution in support of the 1965 Griswold v. […]

FOIA and lobbying reform ballot initiatives call off 2022 efforts

By: - March 10, 2022

In the aftermath of a Michigan Supreme Court decision, an effort to expand Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act and beef up lobbying laws will not attempt to make it onto the November ballot. On Wednesday, the group Close Lansing Loopholes announced that it was calling off its efforts after reviewing the timeline left to collect […]

New: Prosecutor says Howell woman who tweeted criticism of COVID misinformation won’t be charged

By: - March 10, 2022

There will be no charges filed against a Howell woman who was investigated for cyberstalking after publicly calling out a nurse educator for spreading medical misinformation. Kasey Helton was accused of harassment by Holly Austin, also of Howell, who filed a report with the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office in December after Helton posted a series […]